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August 31, 2020

Washington Center for Equitable Growth awards $1.1 million to scholars exploring how economic inequality impacts economic growth and stability

New round of grants places a particular emphasis on racial and ethnic elements of inequality, economic mobility, the impact of domestic outsourcing, market concentration, and climate and the environment CONTACT:Erica Handloff, Washington, D.C. – The Washington Center for Equitable Growth today announced that it will award research grants totaling $1,074,060 to seek evidence on important issues […]

July 22, 2020

Statement on Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

Washington, DC – When Congress passed the CARES Act in March, leaders of many progressive organizations supported their efforts to provide relief to millions of people across America, while acknowledging that the CARES Act was an initial step, but wholly insufficient on its own, to address the massive economic crisis catalyzed by COVID-19. In the ensuing […]

July 22, 2020

Equitable Growth awards more than $250,000 for new research on paid leave

Researchers will explore how paid leave affects engines of economic growth in the United States CONTACT:Giovanni WASHINGTON – The Washington Center for Equitable Growth today announced it will award $267,500 to four research teams exploring three core areas of paid leave policies in the United States: medical leave, caregiving leave, and employer responses to […]

June 16, 2020

More than 150 economists tell Congress: More relief needed to avoid ‘prolonged suffering’ and ‘stunted economic growth’

Led by Ben Bernanke, Heather Boushey, and Cecilia Rouse, statement endorsers include two former chairs of the Federal Reserve, four former chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers, and two Nobel laureates, among others FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Erica Handloff, WASHINGTON – Today, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth released a statement imploring Congress to […]

June 4, 2020

Statement on structural racism and economic inequality in the United States

Following is a statement from Heather Boushey, president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth: At Equitable Growth, we stand with our Black colleagues and Black families across the country who every day shoulder the legacy of White supremacy and systemic violence older than the United States itself. We condemn the recent murders […]

April 22, 2020

Think Tank Leaders Respond to Senate Bill, Reiterate Call for Congress to Step Up to Meet Scale of Crisis and Help Workers, Families, and the Economy

“The legislation that just passed the Senate is a small, but wholly insufficient, step in the right direction.” “This is not a moment for small measures or early declarations of victory. Congress must get to work immediately on additional legislation.” Washington, DC – Today, following the Senate passage of interim coronavirus response legislation, leaders of […]

April 9, 2020

Progressive Group Leaders to Congress: Major Federal Intervention Needed to Meet Scale of Crisis; Congress Must Put People Ahead of Corporations to Save Economy

Washington, DC – Today, leaders of progressive research, policy, and advocacy groups released the following statement calling on Congress to move quickly to pass a robust legislative package that meets the scale of this crisis. The leaders laid out four specific principles that must guide congressional action to ensure that upcoming legislation puts workers, Black […]

March 27, 2020

Equitable Growth president and CEO responds to passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2020 Contact: Elena Waskey, 410-598-7532 WASHINGTON – Today, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, providing $2 trillion in federal aid to Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic and related economic shutdown. The Washington Center for Equitable Growth commends Congress and the president for passing […]

March 6, 2020

New Commerce Department effort will measure who prospers when the economy grows

Equitable Growth President and CEO Calls New Tool ‘Vital,’ ‘an Important First Step’ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2020 CONTACT: Elena Waskey, 202-545-3357 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, or BEA, today released the first-ever federally produced statistics measuring how total U.S. personal income is distributed across people in […]

February 14, 2020

Longtime Capitol Hill staffer named policy director at Equitable Growth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2020 CONTACT: Elena Waskey, 202-545-3357 WASHINGTON—The Washington Center for Equitable Growth today announced that longtime congressional staffer Amanda Fischer has joined the organization as its new policy director. “As our new policy director, Amanda will lead the development of our policy priorities and help position the organization as a […]